WorkCover NSW, in conjunction with HIA and industry representatives, has published some practical guidance for scaffolders to safely erect, alter and dismantle prefabricated steel modular scaffolding where this information is not available from the manufacturer or supplier and the scaffold is of basic configuration. This information is in the form of an Industry Safety Standard for Erecting, Altering and Dismantling Scaffolding – Part 1: Prefabricated Steel Modular Scaffolding (the ‘standard’).
The standard provides some valuable guidance as to what you should be looking out for with respect to the design of the scaffold you are using. If your scaffold meets the design assumptions, you can use the standard as guidance for the practical erection of the scaffold. Some of this practical guidance is summarised below:
Erecting, altering and dismantling the scaffold:
If you are managing the site:
Things to look out for…
Make sure that your scaffolder is not:
Such practices can place persons at risk. Suppliers, hirers or lessors should be implementing risk control measures to make sure their scaffold is properly erected, maintained, repaired, tested and cleaned. You should also check that the scaffold you intend to use or hire is appropriately registered. Design registration is required for prefabricated scaffolding systems and, as part of the registration process, a competent person must verify that the design complies with the relevant parts of the Australian Standards. Where a scaffolding system is altered, the altered system must be design registered with WorkCover NSW.
Where can I get further information?
You need to ensure that scaffolding and the process for erecting, altering and dismantling it
complies with the following Australian Standards:
You can also download a copy of the NSW Industry Safety Standard for Erecting, Altering and Dismantling Scaffolding – Part 1: Pre-fabricated Steel Modular Scaffolding from: www.workcover.nsw.gov.au
HIA’s Technical Advisers can give you some guidance on these standards and help you understand your OHS obligations. For more information call the HIA Member Hotline on 1300 650 620
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